Local museums and historic collections

Discover Rushmoor's aviation and military history at museums and libraries in Farnborough and Aldershot.


Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum

The Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST)  museum presents a selection from the FAST collection in the setting of a historic listed building, preserving and promoting Farnborough's heritage in aviation science. 

The museum building dates from 1908 and was built as the headquarters of the Royal Balloon School. A full-scale replicate of the Cody Flyer - British Army Aeroplane No.1A is housed in the Cody Pavilion in the museum grounds.

The collection includes photographs and exhibits from the early years of aviation and important pieces of aviation history, like Sir Frank Whittle's earliest jet engines and research models of Concorde. You can watch demonstrations of a working wind tunnel and there are experts on hand to answer your questions.

Website: Farnborough Air Sciences Museum website

Address: Trenchard House, 85 Farnborough Road, Farnborough, GU14 6TF

Aldershot museum

Aldershot Military Museum

Housed in the only surviving brick-built barrack blocks left in Aldershot, Aldershot Military Museum tells the story of daily life for both soldier and civilian in the town since 1854. Explore the site, admire the tanks and vehicles and join in with the hands-on activities, including the Second World War-inspired assault course. Throughout the year, the museum runs a programme of fun, family-friendly events and activities.

Website:  Aldershot Military Museum website 

Address: Queens Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2LG

Friends of Aldershot Military Museum resources

Friends of Aldershot Military Museum (FAMM) is for anyone who wants to support the museum and its activities.

The Friends of Aldershot Military Museum  website hosts a vast amount of resources including a popular online 'barrack search', audio history guides, articles, images and project archives. FAMM organise talks and projects throughout the year and a wide range of local history topics are covered.

Army Physical Training Corps Museum

Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum

The Royal Army Physical Training Corps are the branch of the British Army dedicated to physical and adventurous training. The museum charts the history of the Corps from 1860 through displays of uniforms, medals and historic and modern day training equipment. A special section in the museum is dedicated to sports stars within the Corps such as Kriss Akabusi who have competed at the highest international level.

Website: Army Physical Training Corps Museum website 

Address: Fox Lines, Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2LB

Special collections and archives

Hampshire Libraries has two special collections at Rushmoor's local libraries, offering a wide range of books, pamphlets, news cutting, videos and photographs available for loan. 

Aviation collection

Farnborough library's special aviation collection contains more than 5,000 books, pamphlets, directories and year books, news cuttings files, videos and a small collection of photographs and postcards. Many of the books are available for loan.

Address: Farnborough library, Pinehurst Roundabout, Farnborough GU14 7JZ

Tel: 0300 555 1387

Military collection

Aldershot library's special military collection contains more than 18,000 items including regimental and divisional histories, extensive material on battles, campaigns and wars, biographies, genealogical sources, military theory, weapons, uniforms and medals. Many of the books are available for loan.

Address: Aldershot library, 109 High St, Aldershot GU11 1DQ

Tel: 0300 555 1387

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